INEEL Cultural Resource Management Program Annual Report - 2004 Page: 3 of 70
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As a federal agency, the U.S. Department of Energy has been directed by
Congress, the U.S. president, and the American public to provide leadership in
the preservation of prehistoric, historic, and other cultural resources on the lands
it administers. This mandate to preserve cultural resources in a spirit of
stewardship for the future is outlined in various federal preservation laws,
regulations, and guidelines such as the National Historic Preservation Act, the
Archaeological Resources Protection Act, and the National Environmental Policy
The Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory Site is
located in southeastern Idaho, and is home to vast numbers and a wide variety of
important cultural resources representing at least 13,000-year span of human
occupation in the region. These resources are nonrenewable, bear valuable
physical and intangible legacies, and yield important information about the past,
present, and perhaps the future. There are special challenges associated with
balancing the preservation of these resources with the management and ongoing
operation of an active scientific laboratory, while also cleaning up the waste left
by past programs and processes. The Department of Energy Idaho Operations
Office has administrative responsibility for most of the Site, excluding lands and
resources managed by the Naval Reactors Facility and (in 2004) Argonne
National Laboratory-West. The Department of Energy is committed to a cultural
resource program that accepts these challenges in a manner reflecting both the
spirit and intent of the legislative requirements.
This annual report is an overview of Cultural Resource Management
Program activities conducted during Fiscal Year 2004 and is intended to be both
informative to external stakeholders and to serve as a planning tool for future
cultural resource management work to be conducted on the Site.
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Marler, Clayton F. INEEL Cultural Resource Management Program Annual Report - 2004, report, January 1, 2005; [Idaho Falls, Idaho]. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc889161/m1/3/: accessed March 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.